Last week my wife and lost our first child, Fiona Michelle, was stillborn.
We have a small idea of what happened, but not 100% sure. We are in pain, but our faith in God and the support that we have surrounding us. Time will heal our hearts, but we will always miss not having our Fiona girl to hold and love.
I think I am writing this not to invoke sympathy, but so that I can come back in the future and see where I have grown from this point I time.
My heart swells with the thoug
This one is for the one's who have bought a kilt, but have yet to step up and step out into the world. Maybe you picked up that kilt at a renaissance faire or a highland games, so you would blend in or so you could be part of the crowd, and you plan on wearing it again when you go back. Meanwhile you have a kilt hanging in the closet begging to be worn, to be seen, why pay over the top festival prices for a kilt that will be worn once a year?
The time has come for you to enjoy your investment
A close friend of mine has at times referred to me as a confused German because my heritage is Germanic, but I wear the kilt, and for some time she may have been right.
This past weekend my wife and I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Houston Highland Games Association's Robert Burns Supper. While not our first Burns supper, it was the first large supper we were privileged enough to go to. We saw old friends we hadn't seen in quite some time, ate haggis, and had an enjoyable eveni
#everydaykt #1 - two questions today. "Should sporrans only be worn for more formal events, or all the time?" and " Is there a reason Utilikilts only sells the "switchback" design on their website and do you view it as a positive innovation in functionality of the modern style kilt?"
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When looking at a sgain dubh, I highly suggest you save your hard-earned money and buy a quality sgain made by a reputable blade smith. If you are formally dressed, don't cheap out on a piece of mass-produced junk! You wouldn't wear a knock-off cheapie sporran with your hand-sewn heirloom-quality kilt, would you?
I have been lucky in my sgains, having them made by many amazing blade smiths.
My prized sgain is a custom-made blade from Sgains by Raptor. It is made of Red
On the subject of traditional kilt-wearing theory.
At the Brotherhood of the Kilt we accept ALL kilt-loving folks. While tradition says kilts should be worn a specific way, I will NOT stand for people belittling, disparaging or otherwise maligning other people here, members or not, regarding how they wear the kilt. We are NOT the Kilt police.
I do encourage active discussions on different ways to wear the kilt, and suggestions for formal or semi-formal wear "corrections" bu
I enjoy wearing my kilt to social functions. A good friend, and kilt owner by his own admission, asked me, "Why do you keep wearing a kilt all the time?" I just smiled and replied, "Why do you wear p@nt$?" I explained it was part heritage, part just being me, and a whole lot more comfortable than the constriction of jeans.
Now that fall is arriving here in the Tennessee Valley, the cool breezes helped too.
At long last I will be ordering a kilt in my maternal grandmother's clan tartan. I'll be ordering one of Sport Kilt's premium wool kilts in the MacEwan Ancient tartan. I would prefer the modern set, I think, just because it would be darker. But the ancient is what they offer. And hey, who knows maybe I'll decide I like the lighter pattern better. Regardless, it'll be another kilt I'll look good in and look forward to sporting around town. I'll continue to wear the US Army sport kilt for athleti
Yesterday I competed in my first Highland Games competition at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games. I wasn't the only first timer but I was the oldest on the field at 50 years old. One of the two pros and top ten in the world athletes that were there pulled me aside and told me he thought he had started late at 40. All the Pros and Amateur A were really friendly and supportive.
I did feel weird wearing something under my kilt.
Late in the season, but I got to compete today, and d@mn I wish there was more time for the games. I did get bit again, so more training, more lifting, and more kilts are in the future. The time out in the field with the other athletes, the male bonding, encouragement, the off color remarks, and the personal glory are all things that make the games great.
Each man is their own competition, the highland games are one of the ultimate individual sports. Sure there are rankings 1st, 2nd, and 3r
As I'm sitting here getting aquanted with my new 22# hammer from Old Celt I though t to myself, "good reason to sport my kilt." But honestly do you need a reason. I'm wearing my US Army tartan sports kilt out tonight just because. I guess I still have work to do to train my brain to just throw a kilt on as if it were a pair of jeans or shorts.
I have had my 18# stone for practicing the Stone Put for quite a time now. And then I found an old pitchfork at a flea market and refurbished it. Yesterday I took my dedication to competing in Highland Games Athletic events to a new level. I ordered a 22# hammer from Old Celt. Guess I'm committed. In regards to that, and not bashing any man in a kilt, BUT, a heavy athlete looks much more manly than a male highland dancer in a kilt.
Gentlemen, as experienced kilties we should sheapard those that are new to the brotherhood of wearing kilt wearing. It is fine to crack a smile and have a laugh, but then we should step up and correct any problems that we see. Pleats in the front? Let them know. If they are wearing their sporran wrong, inform them. Let them know so they can wear the kilt proudly and happily. If we really are going to be a brotherhood then we need to be our brothers keeper. Be strong, kilt proudly and watch out f